KARACHI: On Thursday, an anti-terrorist court acquitted Uzair Jan Baloch, chairman of the deceased Peoples Amn Committee, along with 10 others in cases including armed attacks on police officers.
Baloch, the suspected kingpin of Lyari, and his comrades, including Mohammad Nawaz, Hassan Ali, alias Hassoo, Abdul Ghaffar, Zahoor Ahmed, Zahid, Abdul Wahab, alias Wahab, and Javed, alias Petrolwala, were charged with assaulting a police party in April 2012 in Chakiwara.
On Thursday, after recording evidence and final statements from both sides, the additional district and session judge (South), Faraz Ahmed Chandio, delivered his reserved verdict.
The judge noted that the prosecutors had not defined the evidence against the defendants, so they were acquitted.
According to the indictment, when the accused began shelling and firing on them with the intention of killing them, police sub-inspector Madah Hussain was on patrol along with a police team.
A case was registered at the Chakiwara Police Station under the applicable parts of the statute.
Meanwhile, in a similar case, the same court convicted Uzair Baloch and two other charged individuals.
In April 2012, Uzair Baloch, Mohammad Shahid and Saddam were charged with assaulting a police party in Kalakot with the intention of killing them.
According to the indictment, along with a police team, an assistant sub-inspector, Abdul Waheed, carried out a raid on a tip-off about the involvement of the suspects, who reportedly opened fire in an effort to prevent their capture.
A defendant was killed in the exchange of fire, while ASI Waheed suffered bullet wounds, but survived the attack.
Police said they had reportedly seized from their custody one Kalashnikov, one 9mm calibre pistol, and one walkie-talkie.